By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
September 15, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergy  

How your ENT specialists in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, can help you get relief from allergy symptoms

Do you dread dealing with seasonal allergies? Do you suffer from allergies at all times of the year? If so, you will be glad to know your ENT doctor can help you feel better.

The ENT specialists at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat Head And Neck Surgery provide a wide range of ENT services including allergy testing and treatment. They have several convenient office locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, to help you get relief from allergy symptoms.

Allergies are the result of your body being exposed to a substance, known as an allergen. Allergens can be anything, from plants to foods, to animals. They can happen at all times of the year too.

Seasonal allergies can be due to:

● Trees and grasses
● Flower and plant pollens

Year-long allergies can be due to:

● Mold and dust mites
● Animal and pet dander

The first step in allergy treatment is to find out what you are allergic to. Your ENT specialist can test for allergies with a:

● Skin test, which involves injecting a small amount of a substance under your skin and waiting for a reaction.
● Challenge test, which involves eating or inhaling a substance and waiting for a reaction.
● Blood tests, which involves sending a blood sample to a lab to find out what you are allergic to.

When you know what you are allergic to, you can try to avoid the substance. It’s not always possible to avoid exposure, so your ENT specialist can treat your allergies with:

● Allergy shots
● Sublingual drop therapy

You can do a lot to relieve allergy symptoms at home. Remember to:

● Place allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
● Vacuum frequently or replace carpeting with hardwood floors
● Use hypoallergenic pillowcases and bedding
● Keep pets from coming into your bedroom and off of furniture
● Close windows and doors in spring and summer to reduce pollen exposure

To learn more about allergy management, testing, and treatment, call the ENT specialists at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat Head And Neck Surgery. You can reach them in any of their locations by calling:

Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646

Simi Valley, CA, at (805) 527-7320

Oxnard, CA, at (805) 983-0395

Camarillo, CA, at (805) 484-5929

Get help for your allergies by calling today.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 16, 2022
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergy   Allergy Testing  

An allergy is an exaggerated response by the immune system to a particular substance, such as pollen or an insect bite. Allergies can produce a wide range of symptoms, including sneezing, itchy eyes, or a rash. The board-certified physicians at West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, provide allergy testing and treatment so you can experience relief from your allergies.

Allergens and Allergy Symptoms

Approximately one in six people in the U.S. is allergic to something. Most allergens are not harmful substances in general, yet produce an allergic reaction in certain individuals. Examples of some common allergens include certain foods, medicines, insect bites or stings, pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and mold spores. Latex and certain household chemicals can also produce an allergic response in some people.

Allergies are associated with many different symptoms and often affect the ears, nose, and throat. The specific symptoms experienced depends on the allergen and the individual. Common allergy symptoms include:

● A skin rash or hives
● Itchy or watery eyes
● Sneezing or runny nose
● Sinus congestion
● Shortness of breath
● Coughing or wheezing
● Facial swelling
● Scratchy throat

Allergy Tests and Treatments

If you are dealing with allergies, we can help. The experienced providers at our ENT offices in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, perform allergy testing, which is used to identify the specific allergens affecting you. Identifying allergens aids in developing an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your allergy symptoms. A common method of allergy testing involves exposing the skin to various allergens to see whether or not a reaction occurs.

Numerous methods are available for treating different types of allergies. Some treatment options include topical creams or lotions and oral medicines, such as decongestants or antihistamines. These allergy treatment methods provide temporary relief from allergy symptoms, such as itchy skin or sinus congestion.

Immunotherapy is another method for treating allergies, but with long-term results. Immunotherapy helps the body build up tolerance to an allergen. It works by repeatedly exposing the body to small doses of a particular allergen. Continued exposure to the allergen helps the body build up tolerance until it is eventually immune and allergy symptoms no longer occur. Immunotherapy can be administered by injection or by placing drops of allergen extract under the tongue.

Allergy testing and treatment can help you better manage allergy symptoms. For allergy testing and management in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, or Camarillo, CA, schedule an appointment with one of our skilled ENT doctors by calling West Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery at (805) 379-9646 for Thousand Oaks; (805) 527-7320 for Simi Valley; (805) 983-0395 for Oxnard; and (805) 484-5929 for Camarillo.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 09, 2022
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: ent doctor  

How your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, can help you

It’s easy to get sick, either from a virus or bacterial infection. Often when you are sick, your illness will affect your ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. That’s when you should see an ENT doctor.

The ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head And Neck Surgery provide a wide range of ENT services. They have several convenient office locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, to help you.

So, when should you see an ENT doctor? If you have problems with your ears, nose, throat, sinuses, head, or neck which have lasted longer than 7 to 10 days, it’s time to visit an expert. You should also see an ENT doctor if you experience:

● A fever that continues for more than 3 days
● Pain in your ears, throat, nose, head, or neck which doesn’t resolve
● A discharge from your ears
● A discharge from your nose that is green or yellow
● Sinus pain and pressure that doesn’t resolve

Any of the signs or symptoms listed above could be signs of a viral or bacterial infection in your ears, throat, or sinuses. Your ENT doctor can provide antibiotics and other treatments to help you feel better.

Other reasons why you might see an ENT doctor include:

● Allergies
● Hearing loss
● Thyroid problems
● Chronic sore throats
● Snoring and sleep apnea
● Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
● Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears

To learn more about when to see an ENT doctor and how your ENT specialist can help you feel better, call the ENT specialists at West Coast Ear Nose Throat Head And Neck Surgery.

You can reach them in the Thousand Oaks, CA, office by calling (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley, CA, at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard, CA, at (805) 983-0395, or in Camarillo, CA, by calling (805) 484-5929. Call today.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
April 13, 2022
Category: Allergies
Tags: Allergy   Allergy Testing  

Allergens can come from pollen, food, dander from pets, bee stings, dust mites, latex, mold, and more. If you are allergic to one of these and exposed to it, your immune system goes into overdrive by producing specific antibodies. These may not be released in someone else's body when exposed to the same thing. These antibodies release chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. It's good to know what may trigger an allergic reaction so you can better prepare for and manage it. The doctors here at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, and Neck Surgery provide allergy testing in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA.

How does allergy testing work?

There are multiple ways to perform an allergy test, the most common being skin testing. However, depending on your case, another kind of test may be ordered.

Skin test

The skin test involves a pinprick with a needle that has a tiny amount of the substance that your doctor or you think that you may be allergic to. Intradermal skin testing is another method. In this type of test, a small amount of the suspected allergens are placed right underneath the skin using a small needle. After either type of skin test, results will be available in about 15 minutes.

Blood test

Sometimes, an individual will not make an appropriate candidate for a skin test. This is usually the case with individuals who are on medications that may affect the results of a skin test. In this case, a blood test may be ordered. Your blood will be tested for how it responds when exposed to potential allergens. A higher number of antibodies and white blood cells may determine that you have an allergy to something.

Other tests

There are other, lesser-used allergy tests. These include a patch test which involves the wearing of a patch on your skin containing a small amount of potential allergen. After 2 days, you will return to the office and your provider will determine your level of allergy to the substance. There is also something called a Challenge test which must be conducted under medical supervision. This test involves swallowing a small amount of food that is a suspected allergen and watching how your body reacts.

How can I better manage reactions to my known allergens?

Some things that you can do to manage allergies in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA are:

● Avoid allergens, particularly ones that cause a strong reaction
● Taking a daily antihistamine or other allergy medication
● Allergy shots dampen the response of the immune system when exposed to allergens.
● Carry a medical alert card and epinephrine pen with you for severe reactions.

Contact us

Schedule an appointment for allergy testing at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, and Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA by calling one of 4 locations:

● Thousand Oaks - (805) 379-9646
● Simi Valley - (805) 527-7320
● Oxnard -  (805) 983-0395
● Camarillo location - (805) 484-5929

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
April 11, 2022
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Thyroid Surgery  

Is a thyroidectomy right for you?

The thyroid might be small but it plays a key role in body temperature regulation, hormones, nervous system function, heart rate and more. So when your thyroid starts to act up you may begin to notice weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, chronic fatigue and other problems. While our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, ENT doctors can manage most thyroid problems without surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary. Surgery might be necessary if,

You Have an Excessively Large Goiter

A large and painful goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid) that impacts swallowing or breathing may mean turning to our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA for thyroid surgery. Surgery may remove only a part of the thyroid or the whole thing.

You Have an Overactive Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid occurs when excessive levels of thyroid hormones are produced by the gland. Most cases of hyperthyroidism can be managed with medications; however, if are unable to take any of these medications and you’ve either tried other therapies and treatment options (or have decided not to undergo certain therapies), then removing the overactive thyroid through surgery might be the best choice.

Nodules on the Thyroid

Unfortunately, not all nodules of the thyroid can be diagnosed as cancerous or noncancerous through biopsy methods. If this is the case, our ENT team may recommend surgery to remove the thyroid, especially if there is a chance that the nodules could be cancerous.

You Have Thyroid Cancer

This is a more obvious reason why you might need to undergo thyroid surgery. If cancer is present we may only need to remove a portion of the thyroid; however, if there is a chance for recurrence, or if cancer has spread outside the thyroid, then our team may recommend removing the entire thyroid gland.

If you think thyroid surgery might be right for you, it’s time to talk with our ENT doctors to find out. West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat is the premier ENT practice, providing thyroid treatment and surgery to individuals in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. You can schedule your appointment in Thousand Oaks at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard at (805) 983-0395, and Camarillo at (805) 484-5929.





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